Mr. Burnes, President and CEO of HallKeen, is responsible for all of the activities of HallKeen, including HallKeen Management, HallKeen LLC, and HallKeen's Assisted Living Portfolio.
Mr. Burnes has over 35 years of acquisition, development and management experience across a broad spectrum of real estate. During the 1980's Mr. Burnes worked for McNeil & Associates, a mid-sized diversified real estate company based in Westwood, Massachusetts. Mr. Burnes worked as Project Manager assembling and permitting large office and industrial projects and as Property Manager for a large mill complex in Fall River, Massachusetts. Between late 1989 and 1991, Mr. Burnes was responsible for the overall restructuring of the McNeil portfolio with the stabilization of over 60 limited partnerships and approximately $100 million of debt.
After the formation of HallKeen (the purchasers of McNeil Management) in 1991, Mr. Burnes was primarily responsible for generating new business for HallKeen LLC and the ongoing asset management tasks associated with acquisitions. As HallKeen established a track record for successfully handling complicated affordable housing properties, the company acquired a broad range of affordable housing throughout New England, North Carolina, and Virginia.
In 2003 Mr. Burnes was recognized by the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation with an "Excellence in Affordable Housing" award for HallKeen's success in the development of Wamsutta Apartments in New Bedford and its major role in the stabilization of the surrounding neighborhood.
In 2004, HallKeen, LLC, under Mr. Burnes' direction, broke ground on several development projects, including Winooski Falls in Vermont, an award winning $250,000,000 mixed-use, mixed-income re-development of a 20-acre urban site bordering Burlington and the Union Street Lofts project in New Bedford, Massachusetts, a pioneering mixed-use, commercial and residential project combining the New Markets and Historic tax credit programs.
Mr. Burnes became President and CEO of HallKeen in 2005, providing leadership and direction for all aspects of HallKeen’s operations and growth.
HallKeen's current portfolio includes more than 8,700 units across 98 properties under management. HallKeen has a strong presence throughout New England, New York, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Florida, and now D.C.
Mr. Burnes received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Organization and Management. Mr. Burnes is a Board Member for both the Architectural Heritage Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts and the Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE) in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Mr. Burnes is also Chairman of the Livestock Institute of Southern New England, based in Westport, Massachusetts.
Mr. Burnes is considered a top leader and expert in affordable housing and historic preservation. In 2014, Mr. Burnes received the Tsongas Award in Development from Preservation Massachusetts.